Theater heavyweights turned out at legit mainstay Sardi’s Tuesday night for the New York Drama Critics’ Circle’s annual kudofest. Event, sponsored by Variety, was hosted by Charles Isherwood, Variety theater critic and prexy of the org.
Richard Greenberg, whose winning percentage is besting even the Yankees right now, fielded the best play nod for “Take Me Out” from Manhattan Theater Club artistic director Lynne Meadow. Two-thirds of the cast for “Talking Heads” trouped up to the podium to receive the foreign play nod. Christine Ebersole, Daniel Davis, Brenda Wehle and Valerie Mahaffey accepted the honor on behalf of Brit playwright Alan Bennett.
Nathan Lane handed out the musical nod for “Hairspray” to book co-author Mark O’Donnell, composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Wittman.
Also on hand from “Hairspray” were producer Margo Lion and stars Marissa Jaret Winokur, Dick Latessa and Harvey Fierstein. When asked about plans for Tony night, Fierstein, who plays Edna Turnblad in the tuner, avowed that he was going to stick to a conservative black tie. “Well, maybe with a little handbag,” he added.